Sometimes it is mean to be nice.
was too small for a sculpture; I didn’t have the stomach to make
a painting so I embarked on something different. I sent an e-mail to a
friend and he asked if I had ever made an artist book?
Intuition? No I cannot
believe it was that limited. I had a story to tell I just did not have
enough words to do it.
The world is loud and screaming. I am also trying to make a commentary on our society that first of all feels no shame exposing oneself (Big Brother, Survivor, internet, personal websites) and second of all feels no loyalty in exposing someone else’s secrets (Clinton affair Jim and Tammy Bakker affair Gary Hart, basically any American Politician or Preacher).
A war that lasts too
long is not exciting anymore. Changing pictures are required – fast
cut - next scene. A movie, a video clip controlled to change sequence
every 2 seconds – got to keep everybody on the edge. But what is
the message? When do we get time to think about it?
Sometimes it is nice to be mean.
The new works are exploring further into the irony of a closed book. To coincide with a new series I have manufactured a mill. The idea for the mill (like windmill) came from the artist Rodney Graham. Rodney Graham's work has interpretted art and language with the use of looping the same passage over and over again. The mill was my way of creating an inaccessible loop.
The images that cover the surface of the mill are the reactions of people when confronted with the ironic idea of a book that cannot be opened.
amount of information is passed down to us through books. Accurate documentation
of cultural political historical and analytical information is most often
conveyed through the written word.
Is the written word fair? And what about the images of our time and past?
Can an image tell the story? Is the picture that is worth a thousand words as precise as those thousand words? The answer I hope is that the image is not only more precise but more emotionally convincing.
I need but one example to support my opinion. The photographs of the mushroom shaped cloud of an atomic blast and the ensuing images of its devastation. Without those images existed the chance for the total destruction of our planet.
Why did this image work so well in stopping the demise of the human race?
Because the image is indeed interpreted with our right brain our emotional side our feminine side. By touching the core of the nurturing female we could gather the information necessary to bring about change (envision the consequence). The written word in grave contrast would have exploited the left-brains analytical power and we would have READ the situation differently. Our reading of the media reports might have convinced us that atomic bombs equals the stoppage of war. Proliferation occurred but usage stopped. The male left-brain (proliferation) met its match with the female right brain (common sense).
My book project is the binding element of the works I have created over the past 7 years. The creation of these books has conveyed similar information or learning experiences, as would a readable book.
What did I learn? What can a viewer learn?
The first realization was a book with two spines is a wonderful metaphor for man and woman. This consciousness led to the before mentioned tale of the contrasting effects of word and image. The quicker to become literate male species wrote the laws others were intended to follow. Women were absent from the decision making process and the evidence is visible in the interpretation of following of any world religion.
The timeline from Goddess to hunted witch can be drawn adjacent to the developments in writing and printing. As men learned to read and write a woman’s position in society was compromised and the chances for equality diminished. The mass production of books and words through the invention of the printing press marked (allowed) the lowest point in our evolution (or social development)… the witch hunts.
What was the turning point? Did we run out of women threatening enough (analytical or beautiful women were primary targets)?
Why write a book? To warehouse words?
My books warehouse images; each book contains a secret photograph.
The emancipation of women started only after the invention of photography. Photography added the image back into our homes. A contemporary cave drawing the photograph was able to elevate through right brain activity the status of women. Signs and symbols paint our landscape of understanding.
the power of the written word prevails, stopping us from creating an equal
playing field. I chose to work with the book to explore these topics and
investigate this force.
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